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        About Biarritz

        Biarritz is a town in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France. This pretty town was once a small fishing village but experienced its heyday in the late 19th century when it was used as a winter residence by the British royal family.

        Today, this town is a very popular destination for travellers and tourists from all over the world. The tourist offer is high quality and diverse, as there is something for everyone. The city hosts numerous festivals throughout the year and it is one of the most popular destinations in France for windsurfers, who also hold a very popular summer surfing festival here every year. Biarritz is also known as a centre for thalassotherapy. Thalassotherapy is based on the use of seawater, seaweed, mud, and other marine products as a treatment. Besides great beaches, festivals, and treatments, there is much more to see and do in this beautiful town, which by the way is only 18 kilometres from the Spanish border. You can visit many historical and cultural sites and take part in many different activities on the beach and the city.

        Biarritz is a perfect destination for all nature lovers. It is a special city because here you can climb the mountains and enjoy the sea on the same day. There are wonderful hiking trails in the mountains surrounding the city and when you finish your hike and return to the city, you can refresh yourself by jumping into the sea.

        So if you are taking a road trip through France, Biarritz is undoubtedly a town you will not regret visiting. With such an amazing vibe, great beaches, lots of historical and cultural sites, plenty of activities to take part in, and some truly fabulous restaurants, Biarritz is a city you should visit. If you do not plan any long-term activities here, you can explore the whole town in one day, so make a good plan and enjoy this Basque gem.

        Basic info and car hire in Biarritz

        • Location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, France
        • Population: 25,532
        • Official language: French
        • Currency: Euro
        • Weather:  Biarritz has a temperate oceanic climate
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions:  Most roads in Biarritz are in good condition.
        • Car hire in Biarritz:  The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Biarritz is at Biarritz airport and  Biarritz Railway Station. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Biarritz!

         Driving in Biarritz

        Biarritz is a perfect city for a day trip. So if you are taking a road trip through the southwest of France, you can easily stop here for a day to explore the town and then continue your journey. Since it is a small city, the traffic here is not very heavy, but you may also experience traffic jams, especially during the holiday season. To explore the city, it is best to park your car in one of the many parking lots in the city and then walk or rent a bike and explore Biarritz by bike.

        When you leave town, you'll have a special riding experience. The scenic roads in this part of the country will make you feel like you are in a movie. There are amazing roads on this picturesque coast and equally beautiful roads with amazing views inland. For all road trip lovers, this is an unforgettable experience. So all you have to do is come to Biarritz, rent a car, buckle up, and hit the road. Drive safely!

        • Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in France is 18 years.
        • International Driving Permit:  Yes, if you are a non-EU license holder.
        • Additional papers:   Identification(passports for all people in the car), the car's registration certificate, and your M.O.T. certificate (for cars over three years old, proving the vehicle meets environmental and road safety standards), a valid driving license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to buy insurance at the car hire agency in case your policy doesn't cover you while driving in France)
        • Additional requirements:  High-visibility, reflective vest for every person in the car, Warning triangle, Full set of replacement bulbs for head and taillights, Spare pair of glasses, Headlight converters (required if driving from, "Crit'Air" badge (required in central Paris), Breathalyzer.
        • Children in the car:  Children under 13 must be in car seats or wearing seat belts appropriate for their age and height. Babies and infants about a year old or under should always be positioned in rear-facing car seats.
        • Driving side of the road: Right
        • Lights:  Check that all lights are working, clean, and correctly aimed.
        • General speed limits: There is a variable maximum speed on French roads, depending on weather conditions. In dry weather, 2- or 3-lane rural roads are limited to 80 km/h, 4-lane expressways (in rural areas) are limited to 110 km/h, and motorways (in rural areas if classified as highways) are limited to 130 km/h. In rainy conditions, the limits are lowered to 80, 100, and 110 km/h respectively. The 50 km/h speed limit in cities is independent of weather conditions. The general speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h on all roads in fog or other poor visibility conditions when visibility is less than 50 meters.
        • Parking suggestions: In the city area, you must pay for all street parking from Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm, and you pay per hour. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays. Generally, you can park for up to 6 hours at a time if you do not have a resident's permit, and up to a week at a time with a permit.

        Car Hire in Biarritz

        Most popular car hire at Biarritz

        The most selected hire car in Biarritz is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Biarritz are mini, economy, and compact.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Biarritz

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Biarritz. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the France.

        • Biarritz-San Sebastian (50km with approximately 1 hour of drive)

        • Biarritz-Bilbao (150km with approximately 1,5-2 hours of drive)

        • Biarritz-Bordeaux (200km with approximately 2-2,5 hours of drive)

        • Biarritz-Toulouse (300km with approximately 3-3,5 hours of drive)

        What to see in Biarritz

        Biarritz is a place where everyone can find something for themselves. You have so many great beaches, historical sites, cultural sites, and many activities you can do in or around the city. You can also enjoy some delicious local cuisine at some great restaurants.

        You can visit Biarritz at different times of the year. If you want to try windsurfing at one of the famous spots, it is best to come in the summer when there is also a big surfing festival here. To explore the city and its surroundings, you can come all year round.

        Many great places might interest you when you spend your time in Biarritz. One of these places is undoubtedly the Port Vieux district, where you can stroll through the pretty little streets and enjoy the small beach in Port Vieux. Another place you can visit is the Biarritz lighthouse. This is a very popular destination with tourists. You can climb it and enjoy a great view of Biarritz and its surroundings. Biarritz Grande Plage is the most popular beach in the city. There are many hotels, bars, and restaurants on this beach. Here you can easily spend a whole day relaxing by the sea. In the centre of the city, you can visit Les Halles, an ideal place to explore the local cuisine and gastronomy of the region.

        You have the sea on one side of the town and the mountains on the other. If you prefer the mountains, you must visit the Gorges de Kakuetta. You will be amazed by this amazing place with its picturesque waterfalls and beautiful nature all around.

        Other places and activities popular with tourists: Musee de la Mer (Biarritz Aquarium), Musée Asiatica, Play golf, Le Sentier du Littoral, Lac Mouriscot, Church of Sainte Eugenie, Church of Alexandre Newsky, Forest of Pignada, Enjoy the Extra (Basque homeland), Horse riding, Cretes de Iparla, La Rhune Old Train, Rafting...

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          Drive your rental car beyond Biarritz

          Biarritz is a perfect base for a road trip through this beautiful region. There are so many scenic roads here that lead to some wonderful places that you will simply love. A rental car is the best option for exploring the southwest of France. The only thing you need to do before you head out is to make a good plan because there are so many great places to visit and so many activities to do that you just have to manage your time.

          One of the places you can visit is San Sebastian, where you can enjoy a beautiful city centre and exceptional cuisine. Another place that is close to Biarritz and worth a visit is Bordeaux. For those who prefer more adventure and an active vacation, the Pyrenees are the perfect place for endless activities. This place is suitable for people who love adrenaline and extreme sports, as well as for families with children, as some many places and activities are suitable for children.

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          Where to eat, drink, and party in Biarritz

          Gastronomy occupies a very important place in the city, which is full of restaurants of all kinds. French restaurants serve dishes from almost all parts of the country. There are also many Asian, African, and Arabic restaurants.

          Biarritz is lively day and night. If you are looking for a bar to hang out with friends, there are many pubs and bars in the city that stay open late.

        Best restaurants in Biarritz:

        Le Bistrot Gourmet


        Chez Scott

        le O2 verdun

        Le CAB

        La Marine


        What you need to know about renting a car

        What do I need to rent a car in France?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in France?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old but drivers with this age can rent only Mini and Economy Car Categories. Renters aged 25 and older may rent all Car Categories. With some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age.

        Do I need car insurance in France?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in France with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in France?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in France?

        Drivers license issued in France or within the European Union does not have to provide an international drivers license. For drivers with a license issued outside of the EU will need to have an international driving license as well as your standard driving license. You must have both licenses with you at all times while driving a car in France.

        How do I find the cheapest car hire in France?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period. 

        What is the cheapest rental car in France?

        You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Renault Twingo and Citroen C3 often provide the best prices. 

        What is the best car rental company in France?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Europcar, Enterprise Rent a Car, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo Rent a Car, and GoldCar. 

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in France?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Citroen C3, Renault Twingo, Peugeot 308, Toyota Yaris. 

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for France?

        Most car rentals in France offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

        How to hire a car in France?

        You can hire a car in France with Orbit Car Hire in simple steps. First, you define where you would like to pick up and return the car, enter dates and times and you can search for your cheap France car hire. 

        How much is it to rent a car in France?

        It will depend on where in France you would like to rent a car and at what period. The summer months can be more expensive than during the winter. You can find prices down to 12 GBP per day. 

        Can you rent an automatic car in France?

        Yes, you can find a wide range of automatic rental cars in France. The best way to find your automatic car hire in France is to filter the "Automatic" transmission when searching for your vehicle. 

        Can I rent a car in France?

        Yes, you can rent a car in France in simple steps with Orbit Car Hire. You just need to be over 21 years of age and have held the driving license for a minimum of one year (This can depend on the car hire companies)

        Car Hire Locations in Biarritz 2 location(s) found

        Find The Best Car Hire Companies In Biarritz

        • Alamo Car Hire
        • Car Hire with Keddy by Europcar
        • Enterprise Rent a Car
        • Europcar
        • GoldCar Rental
        • National

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